Sunday, October 30, 2011

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss

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Below are a few autumn photos and quotes. I hope you enjoy them.

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"It is only her in large portions of Canada that wonderous second wind, the Indian summer, attains its amplitude and heavenly perfection, the temperatures; the sunny haze; the mellow, rich delicate, almost flavoured air: Enough to live -- enough to merely be." ~ Eleanor Myers Jewett

sunny oak2
"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

leafy shadows
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." ~ Emily Bronte

"Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods. And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt."
~ William Allingham

soft place
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

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"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart." ~ Hal Borland

"Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay." ~ Robert Browning

"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." ~ Edwin Way Teale

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"Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem."~ Jack Kerouac

leafy windshield
"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long." ~ e. e. cummins


Anyes said...

You captured perfectly my favourite of all seasons. Thank you Hilary :-)

ADRIAN said...

Another wonderful set. Numbers one, five and eight are particularly good. I would try cropping number one but then I enjoy symmetry.

Anonymous said...

Love these shots... and the one of the steps especially... Hope you're enjoying the Autumn as it rushes towards winter.

Sueann said...

Oh such beautiful photos Hilary!! Thank you!

Shrinky said...

I love the twin shadow you've captured from the trunk of that tree, what an unusual image. ALL of these are wonderful, and my, hasn't the season gained momentum?

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Exquisite photos and Quotes- my favorite was the second one- what dynamic use of depth of field
Thanks for sharing

CiCi said...

Oh wow, the leaves on the steps is great. Nice pics, all.

Wanda..... said...

My favorite is that single golden oak leaf!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant they are, and gorgeous photos.

Brian Miller said...

when every leaf is a flower...nice...the leaves on the steps and the one of the leaf on a leaf...both very cool....

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful collection. Autumn is such a great muse for both the writer and the seer.

Eaton Bennett aka Berenice Albrecht said...

What a gorgeous Autumn you're having...beautiful photographs! :))

Clare Dunn said...

Gorgeous. All of them!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful photography dear Hilary, you show off the true beauty of the third season.
Love the Albert Camus quote, I see it that way too.;))

Country Girl said...

I love your autumnal post, Hilary ~

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

WOW - so many stunning shots Hilary. Just gorgeous photography and stellar photographic skills!

ellen abbott said...

Glorius! And photo #5 is my fav.

Tes said...

Oh my, I love your composition! You make me yearn to go out photo walk.. or just simply, live! :)

PS: Am now your new following your blog! :)

Anvilcloud said...

Excellent bokeh in the second picture.

Javier Guri said...

Precious autumn images with a light and wonderful colors.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures...I just love fall!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

My favorite season. Lovely.

DJan said...

As usual, Hilary, you take my breath away with your pictures. Your eye seems to easily capture the season, but I know how hard it really is, so I bow down to your talent. I am still gasping at these.

Out on the prairie said...

All very nice, I liked the next to last real well as well as the mist.

steviewren said...

Your photos and commentary are almost as good as taking a Sunday drive to see the "color".

Tabor said...

Such warm thoughts on the coming cold weather!!

Anonymous said...

*sigh* Oh, how lovely! I had not considered before that nature and humans see autumn very differently.
Other quotes that captured me today: "almost flavoured air" (YES!) and this one from Albert Camus: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

yaya said...

I've enjoyed seeing Autumn in many blog posts but yours really has captured the look and the feel. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographies! (:

Kat said...

WOW!!! So beautiful! That top shot is amazing!

messymimi said...

We get only the brown leaves here; thanks for the reminder that the colour ones do exist somewhere for real.

Mage said...

I truly always love your photographs. You have cultivated the art of seeing until it is a natural thing with you. Few others have this despite years of training. A perfect example is the leaf on the pine branch. Only you would have seen that.

Notes, I don't always leave one tho I am here every day. You have such a devoted following that I am aware my words will vanish into the crowds. When I do, I drop one here on your blog. It's the easy way, and I am the laziest reader you have.

Megan said...

What gorgeous fall images! Fall is my favorite season, so I was super sad yesterday when it snowed!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

So beautiful. My favorite is the lone leaf with the quote: "Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem."~ Jack Kerouac

Ruth Hiebert said...

Each of these pictures is a treat to the eyes.

Maggie May said...

I love the way the light shines through the leaves in photos 1 & 2.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Frank Baron said...

You can sing its praises so well -- yet still insist summer is your favourite?

Wimmen! ;)

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous is your autumn
a treasure to see, thank you

Gary's third pottery blog said...


Kerry said...

Beautiful photos perfectly matched with quotes. So true, what Camus says, that every leaf is like a flower.

I love the bokeh in the second photo.

Wendy said...

Beautiful tribute to autumn. I love the light shining through the tree in the first pic and then through the leaves.

Red said...

Hilary, these are my favorite posts from your blog. You put together excellent photos along with very meaningful quotes.

Anonymous said...

I may have to borrow that last quote, it has been such a long ( and lovely ) autumn. My favorite shot is the beautiful oak leaf :) Thanks for your kind words in my last post <3

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Anyes. I'm happy to hear that. :)

• Adrian, thanks very much for the kind words. I think I'm a little less symmetry-oriented .. maybe. ;)

• Robin, thank you. I am enjoying the autumn but not quite looking forward to winter. At least, not yet. :)

• Thanks very much, SueAnn. :)

• Thank you, Shrinky. It was such a lovely morning and earlier than usual for me in that neck of the wood. I loved the shadows and the mist. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Welcome,Young, and thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

• TB, thank you very kindly. :)

• Wanda, thanks for letting me know. :)

• Bob, that means so much to me coming from such a fabulous photographer. Thank you. :)

• Thank you, Brian. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• So true, Steve. Thanks always for your kind words. :)

• Eaton, nice to see you. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you kindly, Clare. :)

• Zuzana thank you so much. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed them. :)

• Thanks kindly, Kate. :)

• Bonnie, thank you very much. Such a lovely compliment. Very much appreciated. :)

• Ellen, thank you. :)

• Welcome, Tes and thank you so much for such kind words. :)

• AC, thanks very much. :)

• Welcome, Javier. Thanks so much for your kind comments. :)

• Sandi, thank you. It's one of my top four favourite seasons. ;)

• Thank you, Denise. :)

Hilary said...

• DJan, you are too kind. It means so much to me that you enjoy my photos. Thanks so much for letting me know. :)

• Steve, thanks very much. :)

• Steviewren, so nice to see you. I'm glad you could join me on my Sunday drive. ;)

• Thanks for stopping by, Tabor. :)

• Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks always for your visit. :)

• Yaya, thank you so much. :)

• Welcome, My 2 Pesos, and thank you kindly. :)

• Thanks so much, Kat. :)

• MessyMimi, thanks for stopping by to enjoy the colours of the season. :)

• Mage, thank you so much for such kind words. I so appreciate your lovely comment. Trust me, your words, and those from everyone else do not fade. I read each and every comment and hold them all dear. Sadly, I'm not as quick to return visits these days so I think I would be competition for "lazy reader." No worries. I appreciate each time you visit. Thank you for that. :)

• Megan, thank you so much. We escaped that snow, so far. I hope yours melted quickly so that you could get back to the business of enjoying autumn. :)

• Linda, thanks so much for always stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Ruth, thank you kindly. :)

• Maggie May, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Frank, I wasn't exactly singing its praises.. those whose quotes I posted were doing that. I simply took a few photos and shared them. You must have been hearing your own voice. Men! ;)

• Thanks so much, Tammie Lee. :)

• Gary, my home and native land. ;)

• Kerry, thank so much for your kind words. :)

• Wendy, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Red, thank you very much for your kind words. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the post. :)

• Christine, thanks so kindly. I'm glad you're enjoying this lovely season. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Barb said...

Such symmetry and clarity in your fall photos. I am awash in your color (thank you). I love the tiny yellow leaf inside the green one.

Indrani said...

Fantastic lighting in the shots.

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful, the pics and the quotes.

Barbara said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous autumn with us! I think my favorite is the leaf-covered steps.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful autumn shots! I do love that first one. We are having a mild and lovely autumn - a kind of prolonged Indian summer. It's glorious!

Josh said...

Hands-down, my favorite picture is the leaves on the stairs. Wow.

How long does it take to become an artist like this?

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I do not do the email notification thing but yet I still have many bloggers who opt to reply by email rather than on the blog itself.

I'm just the opposite. If I take time to visit and read a post I'm gonna reply on that post in the comment section of the blog. It's just the way I fly!!!

I'm always taken by your remarkable ability to capture every last speck of beauty in your subjects. What beautiful photos!!!

God bless and have a marvelous Halloween Day sweetie!!! :o)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Perfection Hilary.

Suldog said...

How coincidental! The Camus quote is on our page-a-day calendar this morning!

Lynne with an e said...

The light and colours you have captured are simply beautiful. The quotations you found to underline each perfect moment of autumn are...well, perfect, too. Such a pleasure to savour these autumn moments here. A beautiful gathering together, Hilary, to scatter abroad.

Daryl said...

Gorgeous photos ..

Let me clarify your note on No Reply Comments .. this only happens when a comment is left on a blog by someone who HAS NOT LINKED THEIR EMAIL TO THEIR BLOG .. I get many lovely comments from 'no-reply comment'ers and if I know their email than I add that to the send to and they get my reply .. its an easy fix here's now:

There is a way to help rid this little problem and it’s so easy to do. Readers who have blogs can do the following:

* Open your blog and click on the Customize link. It’s in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
* Click on the Dashboard link, also in the upper right hand corner.
* Now click on Edit Profile, on the left hand size of the screen right next to your picture.
* This takes you to the Edit User Profile screen.
* Look in the Privacy section.
* Check the box that says, “Show my e-mail address”.
* In the Identity section, enter in an e-mail address.
* Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Save Profile.

Donna said...

Hiliary, each picture is worth framing! They are just beautiful to look a little vaction! Keep doing what your so good at!!!

holdingmoments said...

A great set Hilary; especially that first one.

Reb said...

Wonderful! I love fall and you have captured it beautifully.

Gail Dixon said...

Hilary, this is such a beautiful post filled with amazing photos and quotes. Hope you have an awesome week!

Redbush said...

What gorgeous leaf shots. I love the steps, and the hanging colorful leaves.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm all for sitting and watching the leaves turn. It's my favorite time of the year. Love, love, love yur Fall photos. xo jj

Hilary said...

• Barb, thank you so much. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thank you kindly, Indrani. :)

• Thanks very much, Leah. :)

• Barbara, my pleasure. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Lady Fi, thanks very much. We had a lovely Indian Summer a bit earlier in the month. It's pretty much normal temperatures again now but who knows, we may still have one more reprieve. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Josh. I'll let you know as soon as I become one. ;)

• Nezzy, I wasn't referring to those who reply to blog comments by mail. I was referring to those who get my blog posts and/or blog post notifications by email, and then try responding to those emails. Those replies go nowhere. I too, respond to comments here in the comment section of my blog. You're not flying solo. ;) Thanks so much for your always kind words. They mean a lot to me. Enjoy the day your own self. :)

• Thank you very much, Elizabeth. :)

• Suldog, I've come across the same quote in two other blogs today also. It must be THE quote of the season. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Louciao, you're much too kind and I appreciate it more than you can know. Thank you for such sweet words. :)

• Thanks, Daryl.. but.. You're muddling.. not clarifying! ;)

This wasn't what I was referring to. I'm talking about those who subscribe to my blog via email. There are two ways this can be done. I have a few names (blogger allows up to ten) which I have personally added to my blog and as soon as I post my blog, Blogger sends it out in email to those few people. I use it for non-bloggers who don't keep up with my posts in any other way like other bloggers do. The email that goes to them has my blog post in its entirety in it.. photos and all, and it used to show up as if it was from me and they would hit reply to comment directly to me in email. As of a few months ago, it started showing up as coming from Blogger (as opposed to my own email address) and when they hit reply to comment on it, it now goes nowhere.

The other situation is when people fill in their own email address to subscribe to getting notifications of my postings (you can see that in my sidebar). Those notices seem to go out exactly 12 hours after I post (I know because I subscribed to it myself). Those notices are simply an email saying that I have posted and it directs them to my blog. Those too, are generated by Blogger and have a no-reply email address so anyone deciding to hit reply, thinking it's coming to me, will be sending their replies out into cyberspace too.

It has nothing to do with comments on my actual blog. I'm long aware of that issue that you and others have about no-reply comments. Those don't bother me since I respond to most of them right there in the comments section of my blog.

Thanks for trying to explain, my sweet friend, but we're talking about different things. :)

• Donna, thank you so much for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Keith, thank you kindly. :)

• Thank you, Reb. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Gail, thanks very kindly. I hope your week is great as well. :)

• Thanks very much, Redbush. :)

• Joanna, thanks so much. The season is indeed a beauty. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Fall Photos! :-)

Take care and have a Wonderful Week :-)

Liz Mays said...

I really love the photos of the leaves on the steps!

sage said...

As always, beautiful!

Glo said...

An amazing array of Autumn's beauty - the quotes add a perfect touch. The moisture you capture in the shots emits a lovely earthy fragrance that I can smell here as well - there is much similarity in our autumn views although we are nearly on different sides of this vast country! I love the step photo, but would tread carefully as I have slippery shoes on such surfaces. Happy November Hilary :)

photowannabe said...

Love these...I always seem to be saying that. The leaves on the windshield, the moisture rising in the fieldand especially the fallen leaves on the wooden stairs. They just say Autumn is here.

Nancy said...

Such unbelievable beauty. You live in a wonderful world, Hilary, because that is what you see.

Mental P Mama said...

LOL @ Daryl...she's so helpful. And these were as wonderful as ever. Out foliage is not vivid at all down here...I think all the trees were waterlogged this year.

Kerri Farley said...

They speak to me too! Love your leaves! Pure Awesomeness!

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Ron. And to you, also. :)

• BlueViolet, thank you kindly. :)

• Much appreciated, Sage. :)

• Glo, you're much too kind. Thanks very much for your always-kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Thank you, Sue. That's exactly what I'd hoped they'd say. Much appreciated. :)

• Nancy, thank you so much. :)

• MPM, that Daryl. She's a skimmer. ;) But of course, she always means well. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Kerri. :)

Teri said...

I came over here from Djan's site and I'm glad that I did! What beautiful photos you have here. Really nice work. Such creative people out there, aren't they?

Sharon Wagner said...

Leaves too beautiful to be trudged upon.

KaHolly said...

Hilary, your photographs are heavenly!

Hilary said...

• Welcome, Teri. I'm glad you stopped by too. It's always nice to see a new face in the group. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

• Sharon, thanks for stopping by. :)

• KaHolly, thank you so kindly. :)